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Friday Night Eats, Drinks & Music

Friday Night Eats, Drinks & Music

We stepped into a darkened room devoid of tables and chairs. What glowed under muted, pointed lights was a bar, behind which stood a man placing a serving bowl onto the countertop. We stepped closer. Dotting the bar were 3″ x 4″ pieces of paper that read “Bar + Fish,” which then listed a couple [...]

Pony Box’s “Edge” at Lineage

Pony Box’s “Edge” at Lineage

One day our daughter created a drawing that is now our logo. When questioned about what she drew, she replied, “A pony box. You put everything in it.” The term “pony box” became a catch all phrase that means everything and anything… Art + music + dance + theatre + film = Pony Box Dance [...]

Friday Night Music with Raúl Pacheco

Friday Night Music with Raúl Pacheco

Raúl Pacheco looks like, sounds like, and appears to be one of the nicest guys on the planet with one of the best smiles in the world. He’s also the guitarist and sings vocals for the Grammy Award-winning group Ozomatli, which “fuses music from around the world in an urban-Latino-and-beyond collision of hip hop and salsa, [...]

Summer Cooking Camps

Summer Cooking Camps

We figure a child is never too young to learn how to navigate the kitchen. Even the first bowl of cereal that is poured without half of it landing on floor, the first milk that is tipped and doesn’t flood the counter, is a miraculous feat to which we raise our hands skyward and say, “Hallelujah.” This [...]

Honey Whole Wheat Flatbreads & Eggplant Walnut Dip

Honey Whole Wheat Flatbreads & Eggplant Walnut Dip

This combination has become a go-to for me as an appetizer. The eggplant dip is an adaptation of a Turkish red pepper dip called muhammara and the flatbreads are my take on a recipe from Plenty, one of my favorite cookbooks. Eggplant Walnut Dip, Ingredients: 1 medium eggplant 1 small red bell pepper ½ cup raw [...]

Parti Gras

Parti Gras

For this year’s gala, the South Pasadena Educational Foundation is upping the ante. The venue: Arroyo Seco Golf Course. Close your eyes and imagine Paris; imagine harder and you’ll see the sweeping the lawns of Versailles. (No? Help yourself to another complimentary cocktail.) The cuisine: Twenty-two local eateries, such as Charlie’s Trio (the name honors the grandfather, father and son [...]

Le Salon de Musiques

Le Salon de Musiques

An evening of profound music and impressive musicians in an intimate setting where no stage divides the audience from the performers. It’s the season finale for Le Salon de Musiques’ “without walls” chamber music concert series. Le Salon founder and artistic director François Chouchan welcomes music lovers to come hear the “wonderful and almost unknown” neo-romantic [...]

Keeping Sane, and Other Aspirations

Keeping Sane, and Other Aspirations

(Excerpt from a novel-in-progress) Although I am only eleven years old and one would think that young, blank canvas, nascent minds would be constantly in motion with new ideas, fun amusements, and creative endeavors, sometimes I need a mind-numbing pastime. Thank God for TV. It can’t get more anesthetizing than that (I’ll admit I had to [...]

Bonsai!

Bonsai!

How many people have gone through the decades pronouncing the “o” in bonsai like the “o” in bonbon (bän-bän)? Would it be surprising to hear that the Santa Anita Bonsai Society directs one to pronounce the word “bone-sigh” (bōn-sī)? Then again, listening to Merriam-Webster online and clicking on the speaker icon, the supposedly Japanese speaker sounds [...]

Ferraris on Colorado

Ferraris on Colorado

The official website states that Ferrari was “born” in 1947. Not that it was founded, established, or created, but born. Then again, when one has engineered the 250 GTO, which is considered “one of the most famous cars in history,” “legendary” models like the 275 and Daytona, and the Testarossa, “one of the most iconic [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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